The Best (and Healthiest!) Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

These are THE BEST Turkey Meatballs! They're healthy and so delicious! Make a large batch and you can freeze the leftovers for future meals.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ground Turkey, meatballs, pasta, Spaghetti
Author: Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (I like Empire White Ground Turkey)
  • slightly less than 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Canola Oil or Avocado Oil
  • Any jar of tomato sauce (I love Rao's and Whole Foods 365 Sundried Tomato and Basil)
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  1. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, parmesan, egg, ketchup, whole wheat breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. 

  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of oil to the pan. Form the meatballs to desired size (mine were slightly larger than a golf ball). When the oil begins to smoke, add about 5 meatballs to the pan, ensuring not to overcrowd. Brown the meatballs on all sides, but do not cook through. Remove the browned meatballs a plate layered with paper towels to cool (the paper towels soak up extra oil). Continue this process until all of the meatballs are browned. Remove pan from the heat.

  3. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel. Return all of the meatballs to the pan. Pour about 3/4 of the jar of tomato sauce over the meatballs. Cover the pan and turn the heat to low and bring the sauce to a light simmer. Simmer until the meatballs are cooked through (about 15 minutes), flipping them halfway.

  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately on top of whole wheat spaghetti. Garnish with extra parmesan, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil if desired.